Spoken-word poet Willie Lee Bell, a.k.a. Will Da Real One, gunned down in front of
poetry cafe Miami
A well-known and respected spoken word poet was gunned down early Sunday as he was closing up his Miami area coffee shop and poetry lounge, cops said.
Willie Lee Bell Jr., 47, who performed as "Will Da Real One," was shot several times at around 12:40 a.m. in the parking lot of the Literary Café and Poetry Lounge in North Miami.
Several patrons who were outside the café at the time told cops that
was walking to his car when a vehicle pulled up next to him and a man in the passenger seat opened fire. Bell
Police were stumped for a motive because the killers didn't take any money or jewelry off
The killing shocked members of the spoken-word community, who said
was an advocate for abused woman and promoted a "drama-free" policy at the lounge, which he opened in 2003. Bell
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"Everyone loved this man. He did not deserve to die like this," a friend outside the lounge on Sunday afternoon told NBC Miami.
"There are young ladies here who will tell you how he empowered the women," another woman added. "He empowered you, let you know you were beautiful, you were worthy, he did a lot of fund-raising for battered women."
In 2005, the Miami New Times named him the city's best new poet.
"I just got a knack for reaching people,"
told the New Times after he was honored. "I got a message that I'm trying to distribute, a piece of myself I'm trying to share." Bell
Early Sunday an unknown gunmen shot and killed local poet Will “Da Real One"
Bell, 47, whose performances have been featured on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, had just closed his business, the Literary Cafe and Poetry Lounge on 933 NE 125th Street, at about 12:40 a.m. and was walking to his car nearby when another car occupied by at least two men pulled up beside him, said Lt. Neal Cuevas of the North Miami Police Department.
A gunman leapt out from the passenger seat and fired multiple times at
Several witnesses, who had been inside The Literary Cafe earlier that night, offered police differing descriptions of the suspects’ car color as light and dark, with a spoiler on the rear.
Police ask that anyone with information on this crime contact the North Miami Police Department 305-891-8111 or Crimestoppers at 305-371-TIPS.
I’ve known Will since 2003 when he use to performed at “Troys” on
Will just wanna let u know I love, u will always be missed and never forgotten-----------luv ILLUSTRIOUS DA POET